Vibration Therapy

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The children at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children suffer from profound disabilities, and are in need of complex medical needs. Due to these disabilities they all need wheel chairs to move around. It is because of this that these children develop extreme cases of osteoporosis. This disease makes their bones really delicate and prone to fracture when children are being moved by volunteers or nurses. George Fox University in partnership with Providence Health & Services have decided to take action to help these children and nurses so their stay at the center is a more pleasant one.

Therapy Description:

Vibration therapy uses kinetic vibration to cause movement and circulation in tissue, with the aim to assist in stretching, breaking down of scar tissue, or improving the musculoskeletal system.

Over the last decade, NASA used it with their astronauts so that they wouldn't develop osteoporosis due to being in zero-gravity. The studies show that vibrating the body at appropriate frequencies and amplitudes can cause an increase in bone density. George Fox University was presented with the challenge of replicating the system and results obtained by NASA in order to improve the bone density of the children at Province Health Center.

It is George Fox’s objective to develop a vibration system that will help kids with limited motor skills. By the end of this project, children will be using a safe and effective vibration therapy system that will not only increase their bone density, but it will also help their blood circulation

Vibration Therapy


Possible Solutions:


Design & Legacy Teams:


Current Design Team
Name Concentration E-mail
Melissa Cousins Mechanical
Sarah Miller Electrical
Peter Vogelezang Electrical
Justin Weatherford Mechanical
Legacy Team
Name Concentration E-mail
Nathan Fisher Mechanical
Matthew Halvorson Civil
Andrew Harding Civil
Pedro Munoz Electrical
Faculty & Consultants:


Name Position E-mail
Dr. Robert Harder Faculty Member
Dr. Mike Foster Faculty Member
Jeff Leismer Bio-Engineer Consultant
Useful Links:

- Client Overview

NASA Article